I have a recurring sickness in my life. It is called worry. I think it is the way that I was conditioned. I have always worried what people think about me, whether or not I am living up to expectations. I worry about things that are completely irrational.
Recently, I started reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. You’d be amazed at the cautionary tales I’ve heard regarding the book from well-meaning people. One of the things I’ve gleaned, thus far, from the book is that I have to take control over my thoughts. If you take a step back and think about it, worry is irrational. Thinking about things doesn’t make them better. It only reduces the quality of your life. Jesus told us this in Matthew 6:25-27:
25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Right now, I have an opportunity. I can worry about something over which I have no control, get an ulcer, lose sleep and be miserable. Or I can understand that there are some things that I, even I, cannot control.
I’m working on my worry. I refuse to spend the better part of the next couple of days worrying about things that I cannot change. The only thing that I can control is what goes on in my head and the way that I react to external circumstances.
Pray for me. Or wish me luck. I need it 🙂